NIA's SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs support small businesses and nonprofit research organizations that conduct research leading to the development of products and services that improve the health and well-being of older Americans.
The goal is to translate research on aging, aging-related medical conditions and diseases, and special problems and needs of older Americans into innovative programs, systems, networks, and other products or services needed by health-care professionals, informal caregivers, and older Americans to maintain and/or improve their health, and to maintain and/or improve their overall sense of well-being.
All applicants are expected to develop, implement, and test the efficacy of their products and services. The SBIR-STTR programs target early-stage research and research development and encompass a broad range of research topics (see 2013 NIH SBIR-STTR Program Description and Research Topics) and types of research/research development, including translational research/research development and secondary research/research development.
Michael-David A.R.R. Kerns, M.B.A., M.S., Ph.D.
National Institutes of Health: National Institute on Aging